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Policy Proposal: Cellphone Driving

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I need some help in creating a proposal that compares and contrast the studies and results regarding the cognitive abilities that are affected by cell phone use while driving.
Then explain particular recommendations for policy makers. Such as, restrictions and regulating cell phone use while driving. Within this describe the variables, populations and situations for future research.

Any help with this is greatly appreciated.

References appreciated as well


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Hello Darci,

Thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking for help in putting together a policy proposal. Based on what you need, I suggest using this simple outline:

1. Overview - 100 words
2. Comparative Literature Review - 200 words
3. Policy Recommendation Particulars
a. cell phone regulation - 100 words
b. variables - 100 words
c. particular populations of special interest - 100 words
4. Future Research Concerns
a. cognitive concerns - 100 words
b. policy concerns - 100 words

This outline should yield around 800 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification on the topic. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.


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I suggest writing your policy proposal using the standard outline (refer to your material on what is expected from you).

Policy Proposal


Driving while talking on the cellphone appears to be something that people normally do nowadays. While others do so but utilize a handsfree system - some still opt to talk on their mobiles with one hand holding on to the cellphone or drive with their head, neck and shoulder placed in a particular way to cradle the cellphone. In both these instances, while the latter appears to be more hazardous, multitasking is occurring and the mind and body is not fully concentrated on the road and the particulars of driving - controlling, steering and operating the vehicle. According to McKnight & McKnight (1991), "All of the distractions led to significant increases in both the number of situations to which subjects failed to respond and the time it took to respond to them. Complex phone conversations created the greatest distraction and simple conversations the least, with tuning the radio falling in between." Simply put, the distraction of carrying on an intense conversation on a cellular phone while driving can lead to some very unfortunate events, from minor to major accidents so that the individual doing so in not only a danger to the self but to other motorists and local population. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) calls this 'distracted driving' and reports that every day in the US, "more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted drive." Using the cellphone while driving distracts visually, manually and cognitively and thus, especially if combined result to some tragic outcomes. With the integration of on-board systems in today's cars that allow for the synchronisation of cellphones to car audio (which gave us the ability to make calls through wheel control buttons) it is all the more important to enact regulations that can mitigate distracted driving due to intense phonecalls or texting activities to help prevent tragic outcomes.

Literature Available

In the field of cognitive psychology, the cognitive element of distracted driving is of great interest. In fact, over the years since the mass production and use of cars, factors that can distract drivers have been studied so as to combat their negative influence and ...

Solution Summary

The solutionprovides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of putting together a policy proposal in relation to using cellphone while driving. A comparative discussion of research on the topic is included as well. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.